Essay: Is the Going Still Good?

The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.

— Pascal

Ade Havilland Canada Twin Otter set down on the ice at the North Pole a few days ago. The ice cracked and the plane began to sink slowly into the slush of the Arctic Ocean. Everyone clambered out onto safer ice: two crewmen and seven tourists.

Their package tour had popped in upon a waste of once mystical inaccessibility, the place that Peary's dog sled struggled to in 1909. The tourists landed on an...

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